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Purfled Promises

Oliver Husain
Canada, Germany 2009 / 10’

A profusion of passages, pursuing pleasures of prolonged puzzles.

Oliver Husain


Originally, the film is part of a performance: While you were watching the beads fall, the screen itself, drawn by imperceptible force, has started to move towards the audience, and is now pushing, unnoticeably slow, over the front rows of the auditorium. Watching the video, the viewer’s gaze starts moving towards the screen, slowly and in total silence, fantasies grow – there must be something behind that screen.

Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

Jack Smith

the father of the Cinema of Transgression and the initiator of camp and thrash trends, has, since the 1950s, been creating anarchist films and performances inspired by Hollywood B movies. In his productions, transvestites and drag-queens radically manifested their sexuality. Smith made his movies purposefully violate all the principles of zero-style cinema. They inspired later generations of cinematic outcasts and experimenters. Smith was born in Ohio in 1932 and moved to New York in the 1950s. He began using film no longer independently but as a component of performances. His Midnight Performances often started as late as 2 a.m. and lasted several hours. In many of his LIVE FILM performances, Smith completely reedited the film material, integrating excerpts, slides, text, and music. After Smith's death as a result of AIDS in 1989, Jim Hoberman and Penny Arcade founded the "Plaster Foundation", which commissioned Jerry Tartaglia to restore his films.


1950–1966 Porządne istoty / Respectable Creatues (short)

1960 Przestymulowany / Overstimulated (short)

1962 Taśma klejąca / Scotch Tape (short)

1963 Płonące istoty / Flaming Creatures

1963 Normalna miłość / Normal Love

1963 Żółta sekwencja / The Yellow Sequence (short)

1967 Ziele z wyspy Technikolor / Reefers of the Technicolor Island / Jungle Island (short)

1967–1970 (1998) Byłam panem Yvonne De Carlo / I Was a Male Yvonne De Carlo (short)

1968 Bez prezydenta / No President

1969 Piosenka do wynajęcia / Song for Rent (short)

1970 Ujęcia bez tytułu / Untitled Film Rushes

1971 Północ w Plaster Foundation / Midnight at the Plaster Foundation (short)

1978 Sinbad z Bagdadu / Sinbad of Baghdad (short)

1979 Oszołomy / Hot Air Specialists (short)

Oliver Husain

A filmmaker living in Toronto, video artist, and performer. He has made video clips, shorts, video travelogues from his journeys to the Far East. Together with Claus Richter and Sergiej Jensen he is a co-founder of the theatrical group Da Group.

Selected filmography

1999 Ron & Leo (short)

2002 Q (short)

2009 Obiecanki cacanki / Purfled Promises (short)

Cast & Crew

director Oliver Husain
screenplay Oliver Husain
cinematography Iris Ng
editing Oliver Husain
music Prince Nifty
producer Susanne Sachße
production Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst
sales Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst
language no dialogues
colouration colour